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Vandeleur Walled Garden


Restored walled garden with rare and tender plants

Kilmer Road
Co Clare
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Tel: +353 65 905 1760

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Vandeleur Walled Garden

Opening Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Opening Days:
Opening Hours: April - September: daily (10am - 6pm); October - March: Monday - Friday (10am - 5pm)
Admission Charge: Adults €5.00, Students / OAP €3.00, Children €2.00, Group rates available
  • Appointment Only
  • Admission Charge

The secret world of the walled gardens at Vandeleur, Kilrush had lain forgotten for years. The house belonging to the surrounding 420 acres of wooded demesne was first planted in 1712, the house was burnt in 1887 and finally demolished in 1973. But now, thanks to funding from the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Scheme, and to Kilrush Amenity Trust and Kilrush Urban District Council, the gardens have risen again phoenix-like, bringing jobs and tourism in their wake.

Laid out in part with geometric beds set in gravel paths amid lawns and partly with winding paths running between informal beds, the garden and planting scheme was designed in conjunction with Belinda Jupe. There is a an intriguing collection of plants from South Africa, including reed-like
restios, tipped to become popular plants of the future and other rare and tender plants.

Opened in 2000, the garden has unusual water features, a horizontal maze and a tree collection. With woodland trails riverside views, a visitor centre, restaurant and gift shop, it’s a good place for a family outing and, as it is close to the Killimer car ferry, it could make a day trip if you are based in County Limerick or North Kerry.

Best time of year to visit: April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Gardens Strengths

Exotic and tender plants such as: Acacia baileyana Purpurea ,Athyrium nippanicum pictum

Rare Plants worth mentioning

Blechnum chilensis, Dicsonia antarctica, Echium pininana, Euryops pectinatus, Beschorneria

Groups & Tours

  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
  • Accept Only Groups
  • Guided Tours

Minimum Group Size:


Tour Days:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Tour Times

Appointment only, Mo - Fri between 10am and 3.30pm time to be agreed on when booking







Seasonal Open Days, Lectures, Craft Fairs, Gardening Workshops

Other Facilities

Vandeleur Walled Garden is nestled in the heart of Kilrush Wood & there are some Wood trails


Centre open to public with exhibitions

Vandeleur Walled Garden - Kilrush County Clare
Vandeleur Walled Garden - Kilrush County Clare
Vandeleur Walled Garden - Kilrush County Clare
Vandeleur Walled Garden - Kilrush County Clare
Vandeleur Walled Garden - Kilrush County Clare
Vandeleur Walled Garden - Kilrush County Clare
Vandeleur Walled Garden - Kilrush County Clare
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Coming to Kilrush follow the brown heritage fingerpost signs that lead you through the Town Centre towards Kilimer onto the N67. Just approximately 1 kilometre outside the town you find the road bordered by a high stone wall on the left. After ca. 500 metres the entrance to the wood opens to your left with signs advertising the Vandeleur Walled Garden and here you should turn off.

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